Former US senator Scott Brown, whose yearlong contract with Fox News lapsed earlier this month, has renewed his on-air contributor agreement, a top executive at the cable station said Wednesday.
Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming at Fox News, reported the renewal in a statement sent to the news media.
“Senator Brown has renewed his contributor agreement with FOX News,” he said. “The previous yearlong agreement expired on Feb. 11 and was never terminated; this was purely administrative. We look forward to his continuing political analysis and insight across the network.”
The Globe, in a report published online Tuesday night and in Wednesday’s paper, said that Brown “is currently out of contract with the network,” based on a statement from a Fox News spokeswoman. When pressed whether this was due to a potential run for office or because his contract was up, the spokeswoman simply repeated that he is “out of contract with the network.”
The report did not say that Brown was leaving the network nor that he had been terminated. It did note that in December, the network had said his agreement would be terminated if he were to form an exploratory committee for a run.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday morning that Brown said the Globe’s report was “incorrect.”
Brown did not return the Globe’s multiple calls for comment Tuesday and Wednesday. The Fox News spokeswoman did not respond to requests for further clarification Wednesday.
Brown, who won an upset special election victory for the Senate in Massachusetts in January 2010, was unseated by Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012. He moved his primary residence to New Hampshire in December, ramping up speculation that he might run against US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat.